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UNITED CRISIS 'A lot of them are in their armchairs' - Graeme Souness points accusing fingers at Solskjaer's flops


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford hotseat in December 2018 (Alex Livesey/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford hotseat in December 2018 (Alex Livesey/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford hotseat in December 2018 (Alex Livesey/PA)

Graeme Souness believes Manchester United's players should take the blame for the club's slide in fortunes, as he admitted he walked away from management after concluding he lost patience with the modern breed of players.

Former Liverpool manager Souness has been highly critical of United players like Paul Pogba and speaking to Sky Sports, he suggested under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced an uphill challenge to succeed from the moment he replaced Jose Mourinho in late 2019.

Solskjaer is under huge pressure are some woeful performances this season, but Souness believes the United players have to share the blame for failure with their manager.

"I have been a manager, I've been sacked, I've been a manager under pressure, and it's not an easy time for Ole," said Souness.

"He's only ever been one game away from everything being wrong at the football club, and that's the price on the ticket when you're at Manchester United.

""I read in a newspaper that the players wouldn't be against a change: the players have got Manchester United into this situation, not Ole! The players have underperformed. But the way football is these days, all the focus is on changing the manager.

"You ask your players to constantly look in the mirror and ask: can I do more? I wonder if any Manchester United players are doing that right now. Or is it the easy route, the exit hatch: 'Get rid of the manager and everything will be fine'.

"Sometimes these players have to stand up and be counted, and there's less and less of that in the Premier League now than there has ever been. If I was a Manchester United supporter I'd be unhappy reading that the players wouldn't be against a change."

"Don't talk to me about the modern player, their attitude and responsibilities they seem to shy away from today. That dressing room needs to have a close look at itself, collectively and individually, as to why they're in this situation.

"There are some very good players in that dressing room: stand up and be counted now. For yourself first and foremost, then your families, then for your manager and football clubs.

"That's why I stopped being a manager a long time ago, you can't demand it from them anymore. Instead, you're asking them. I think at the end of every sentence you end up having to say 'Please' today. 'Please can you run a bit harder… please can you be more aggressive… please can you give everything'.

"They were givens, and that should be a given! You're at a big football club at United, you never play easy games, every game you play is a cup final for the opposition. From the outside looking in, a lot of them are in their armchairs, looking to blame other people."

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